For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Bruno Tedeschi (MWWPR)
NJPRF is pleased to announce $16 million of further support to urgent needs across the state.
March 15, 2021 – Trenton, NJ.
In the twelve months since the launch of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, we have experienced an unthinkable health and economic crisis that has particularly challenged our most vulnerable neighbors across the state. Thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters, NJPRF has awarded more than 500 grants to exemplary non-profit organizations providing relief and recovery efforts and offered direct cash assistance to thousands of New Jerseyans in need.
Inspired by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott’s recognition of our Fund’s impact and her transformational $20 million gift, today NJPRF is pleased to announce $16 million of further support to urgent needs across the state. This support includes $10 million in grants to 139 dedicated non-profit organizations doing exemplary pandemic relief work at the state and local level, as well as an additional $6 million in direct cash assistance targeting more than 18,000 of our state’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including higher education students, who will not benefit from government stimulus checks in the forthcoming American Rescue Plan.
Over the last two months, we conferred with a host of non-profit partners and advisors – both funders and practitioners – who know the landscape across critical sectors and serve historically marginalized people in New Jersey. They helped us to confirm areas of ongoing urgent need and target approaches. This due diligence, coupled with our own research conducted last year, reaffirmed our support for trusted local and statewide organizations that have scaled impact on those suffering during the pandemic.
The $16 million of grants and support will be allocated towards the following areas of critical need:
- Domestic Violence: $ 500,000
- Healthcare/Vaccine Support: $1,250,000
- Family /Childcare Support: $1,500,000
- Shelters/Homelessness: $ 1,750,000
- Food Insecurity: $ 2,000,000
- Statewide Multi-Service Organizations: $3,000,000
- Direct Cash Assistance: $6,000,000 (including $1,000,000 to higher education students)
The 139 non-profit organizations linked below have been selected with a lens of racial equity and inclusiveness. They serve our most vulnerable communities across every county, and have demonstrated track records in providing pandemic relief at both the state and local level, possessing the infrastructure to deploy services effectively to large numbers of individuals and families.
We are proud to support these groups, which are working to achieve an equitable and fair recovery for all, and we hope that New Jerseyans will continue to support our many remarkable relief organizations in the months and years ahead. With the $16 million in new grants announced today, NJPRF has now allocated $56 million towards our most vulnerable neighbors in their time of need.
Finally, we are deeply grateful for the contributions of the thousands of donors and our board members, who help make our pandemic relief effort here in New Jersey so impactful.
Tammy Snyder Murphy Josh Weinreich
Links to the NJPRF Grantees, March 2021
About the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF)
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) was launched March 24, 2020 to marshal resources to meet critical needs and fight the economic and social impact of COVID-19 within New Jersey.
NJPRF will provide grants to existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities. One hundred percent of every dollar received online by NJPRF will go to organizations that provide essential services to those in need and to assist those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NJPRF is proud to be hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey, which has been serving the needs of New Jersey non-profits and philanthropists for more than 40 years.